St. Louis Public Radio News
3:10 pm
Wed April 14, 2004

MO House Medicaid Cuts Might Not Survive Senate

(KWMU file photo)

Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri Senate committee could vote on the state budget this week. Committee members Tuesday agreed informally to keep Medicaid spending closer to what Governor Bob Holden has recommended.

That would mean cuts to the Medicaid program that were made in the House appear unlikely to survive.

The House voted to make it harder for thousands of Missourians to qualify for Medicaid and to cut some services. Their idea was to cut Medicaid to free up $13 million more for schools.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:43 pm
Wed April 14, 2004

St. Louisans React to Bush Press Conference

St. Louis, MO – Millions watched President Bush's press conference Tuesday night.

NPR's John Ydstie spent the evening with some people in the South Grand area of St. Louis City.

To hear the report that aired on NPR's Morning Edition, click here.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
1:21 pm
Wed April 14, 2004

Lawyers Debate 'Magnet Court' Status of Madison County

Former U.S. Atty. Gen. Griffin Bell (photo from King & Spalding)

St. Louis – A former U.S. Attorney General says asbestos-related lawsuits in Madison County, Illinois should be regulated.

Griffin Bell served in the Carter Administration. He's now a partner in a Georgia firm that has defended corporations in asbestos cases.

He says the large number of asbestos cases filed in Madison County warrants a federal investigation.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
11:08 am
Wed April 14, 2004

Bond Still Leads Farmer in Money Race

Sen. Kit Bond (UPI photo)

Washington, DC – Missouri Republican Senator Kit Bond and his likely Democratic challenger, state Treasurer Nancy Farmer, are racheting up fund-raising efforts.

In the past three months, Bond has raised about $1 million. Farmer has pulled in about $608,000.

But the most important campaign fund-raising figures is the amount of cash candidates actually have in the bank.

Bond is far ahead of Farmer on that point, with nearly $5 million on hand, compared to Farmer's nearly $900,000.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
10:17 am
Wed April 14, 2004

Mississippi River Ranked Tenth Most Endangered

Mississippi River (photo from American Rivers)

Washington, DC – The environmental group American Rivers is once again listing the Mighty Mississippi as one of the nation's most endangered waterways. The group's rankings were released Wednesday and put the Mississippi tenth.

American Rivers says work by the Army Corps of Engineers and the corps' plans to extend locks on the river have left it "on the verge of ecological collapse."

The corps, though, says its work has improved habitats while keeping barges afloat and protecting against floods.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Tue April 13, 2004

Madigan Criticizes Blagojevich's Budget Ways

Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan (State of Illinois photo)

Carbondale, Ill. – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says the governor's budget proposals depend too heavily on borrowing money.

The Chicago Democrat says the Governor Rod Blagojevich, also a Democrat, wants to borrow his way out of financial problems.

Madigan spoke in Carbondale Monday at Southern Illinois University.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
3:18 pm
Tue April 13, 2004

Parents of Sextuplets Always Wanted All Six Babies

Ron and Tina Otten speak with reporters at St. John's Mercy Medical Center.
(KWMU staff)

St. Louis – Sextuplets born to a Metro East couple last Friday remain in critical but stable condition at a west St. Louis County hospital.

The parents say having all six was always their goal.

Doctors say Jacob, Isabella, Madison, Joshua, Rileigh and Tyler - the three boys and three girls born to Ron and Tina Otten of Granite City - are all doing well.

The couple went against the advice of some experts who suggested they voluntarily remove some of the fetuses because they might not fully develop.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
2:19 pm
Tue April 13, 2004

Miss Missouri Becomes Miss USA

Miss USA Shandi Finnessey (photo from Miss USA website)

Los Angeles, CA – A woman from St. Louis County was crowned Miss USA Monday night in Los Angeles.

Shandi Finnessey, of Florissant, is also a graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles and has written a children's book called "The Furrtails."

She went to the pageant as Miss Missouri, but will represent the entire U.S. in the Miss Universe competition in Ecuador in June.

The winner's prize package includes a New York City apartment for a year, extensive travel opportunities, and a yearlong salary.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:32 pm
Tue April 13, 2004

Southern Illinois Marine Killed in Iraq

Washington – A Southern Illinois man was killed in Iraq over the weekend.

Lance Corporal Torrey Gray of Patoka died Easter Sunday in Al Anbar Province.

The Marine was 19 years old.

Patoka is about 90 miles east of St. Louis.

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St. Louis Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Tue April 13, 2004

Madigan, Blagojevich Spar Over Illinois Budget

Springfield, Ill – The state budget is creating friction between Governor Rod Blagojevich and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Madigan says the governor's budget plans depend too heavily on borrowing. He says that would just put a Band-Aid on the state's serious financial problems.

Madigan also said Tuesday that the governor's proposals to raise state fees should include an expiration date. That way, the increases would end when the state budget is in better shape.

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